The first day of the 112th Congress is now history; and written into that history is great news for Wilderness. During the first day of this new Congressional term, two important California Wilderness bills were introduced.
Representative David Dreier (Republican of Rancho Cucamonga) introduced the "Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests Protection Act" which, when passed, will enlarge the Cucamonga and Sheep Mountain Wilderness Areas in the San Gabriel Mountains by approximately 18,000 acres.
Representative Darrell Issa (Republican of Vista) reintroduced the "Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia Wilderness Act," which, when passed, will add over 7,000 acres to the Agua Tibia Wilderness and 13,635 acres to the Beauty Mountain Wilderness.
The introduction of these two bills is a great first step toward the protection of almost 40,000 acres of Wilderness in California and is due in large part to the unyielding efforts of Conservation Alliance Grantee, California Wilderness Coalition.
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